4 November 2016

Museveni shuts down Makerere University

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The president of Uganda has ordered closure of the famous Makerere University in the country's capital Kampala due to students' and employees strike that has been going on since last week, according to the local newspaper "New Vision".

The directive from President Yoweri Museveni issued on Tuesday evening was taken “to guarantee the safety of persons and property”.

This comes after last ditch attempts by the University Council to end the lecturers’ strike on Tuesday by offering to pay lecturers’ incentive allowances for one month immediately following a crisis meeting.

Students joined the strike on Tuesday after lecturers under their umbrella body Makerere University Academic Staff Association (MUASA) on Monday resolved to continue their strike until 32 billlion

Uganda shillings in allowance arrears (restancer) over eight months is paid.

During the general assembly of lecturers at the School of Education, they unanimously endorsed the decision to continue the strike in a move they said would solve Makerere’s financial problems once and for all.

Dr. Charles Wana-Etyem, the University Council chairperson appealed to all lectures to observe and go by the resolutions made on Friday during the council’s emergency meeting since the council acknowledged and was committed to pay the arrears but all was in vain.

The students demanded to meet with President Museveni instead of the University Council.

The university vice-chancellor Prof. Ddumba Ssentamu last week urged lecturers to resume teaching saying strategies had be laid out to find a solution in a phased approach.